Jackpot: The Best of Bette (2008)
|Artist: Bette Midler|
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|Liner Note Author: Jay Landers .|
|Arranger: Barry Manilow.|
|JACKPOT: THE BEST BETTE covers the entirety of Bette Midler's career, starting with her iconic self-titled 1972 debut. All of Midler's biggest hits are here, from "Do You Wanna Dance" and "Beast of Burden" to the enormous ballad smashes "Wind Beneath My Wings," "The Rose," and "From A Distance." However, the 20 tracks also include less widely known fan favorites like Midler's sensitve reading of John Prine's "Hello In There" and a lullaby-like reading of "Baby Mine," originally from Walt Disney's DUMBO. Rarities include the swinging Christmas tune "Cool Yule" and a stark demo of "Something Your Heart Has Been Telling Me."|
Producer: Don Was; Barry Mason; Geogre Haslam; Joel Dorn; Ahmet Ertegun; Marc Shaiman; Paul Rothchild; Robert Kraft; Arif Mardin; Barry Manilow
Aretha Franklin | Barbra Streisand | Buzzy Linhart | Carole King | Cole Porter | Ethel Waters | Janis Joplin | Judy Garland | Rosemary Clooney | Sophie Tucker | The Andrews Sisters | The Boswell Sisters | The Dixie-Cups | The Shangri-Las
Barbra Streisand | Barry Manilow | Bernadette Peters | Billy Joel | Carly Simon | Cher | Christopher Cross | Dionne Warwick | Elton John | Janis Joplin | Judy Collins | Laura Nyro | Linda Eder | Linda Ronstadt | Lionel Richie | Liza Minnelli | Luther Vandross | Mandy Patinkin | Maria Muldaur | Meat Loaf | Melissa Manchester | Michael Feinstein | Neil Diamond | Patti LuPone | Peggy Lee (Vocals) | Peter Allen (Piano) | Rita Coolidge | Roberta Flack | Sarah Brightman | Sheena Easton | Stevie Nicks | The 5th Dimension | Whitney Houston
Associated Artists and Works
|Beaches ~ Original Soundtrack|
|Rose [Single] ~ Original Soundtrack|
|Release Date : 09/23/2008|
|Original Release Date : 2008|
|Catalog ID : 12279939|
|Label : Rhino (Label)|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00081227993948|
- "A soulful take on the Temptations' 'Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)
,' a scorching, electric-guitar-driven, version of the Rolling Stones' 'Beast of Burden,' and a heartfelt rendition of Julie Gold's 'From a Distance' show Midler's flexibility."
Bette Midler grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she began singing at an early age. After winning several talent shows, it was clear what she had to do -- get the hell out of there! Ironically, playing an extra in the film, Hawaii, she earned enough money to move to New York City. She soon landed on Broadway, playing Tzeitel, the oldest daughter in the hit musical, Fiddler on the Roof, and singing "Matchmaker" eight times a week. (Even then, she understood the importance of doing one's own matinees).
Once she began singing in clubs around town, word reached the owner of the famed Continental Baths, who immediately offered her a job. Performing at the baths, she developed the trademark act that would make her one of the most renowned talents of a generation. Bawdy humor, revealing costumes and a distinctive voice made for an act that was poignant, tacky and altogether fabulous. "I wouldn't say I invented tack," she boasted," "...but I definitely brought it to its present popularity." Her performances of songs like "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," "Delta Dawn," and "Superstar" were unforgettable and caused audiences to fall in love with the self-anointed "Divine Miss M."
After being discovered by Ahmet Ertugun, the legendary president of Atlantic Records, Bette recorded her first album, The Divine Miss M, which hit #9 on Billboard's Top 200 Chart and went platinum. In 1973, she won her first Grammy for Best New Artist. After successfully touring the world and returning to Broadway in the Tony winning, Clams on the Halfshell, Hollywood beckoned. Midler's first starring role in the feature film, The Rose, garnered two Golden Globe Awards, a Grammy for the film's title song and a best actress Oscar nomination. The Oscar itself went to Sally Field, whom Bette has arm-wrestled for the statuette -- but unfortunately, lost.
Forty years, four Grammys, four Golden Globes, three Emmys, a Tony Award and tons of record-breaking performances since she hit the scene, the "Divine Miss M" is still going strong. She recently said that although it's tough being a living legend, somebody's got to do it. "In other words", she added, "I'm not retiring and you can't make me!"